Twitter is a curious phenomenon. Leaving aside all the trolling and general idiocy that can go on, there is wit, there is expression, there is immediacy and there is social contact. I have become personally engaged with quiteContinue reading →
This week I shall say a prayer for the late Elizabeth Mitchell, and maybe go to mass for her. You will probably never have heard of her. I had not either, until last week.
ElizabethContinue reading →
It has been a very serious week here at the Raccoon Arms, but our learned editor Anna kindly agreed to let your humble scribe burble on with one of my historical rambles, which areContinue reading →
In their quest to create the perfect soldier, the perfect citizen and the perfect State the Spartans created a culture which would inspire many, and appall others. Hitler was one admirer of their ruthless practice ofContinue reading →
I started off with a jokey rant about PC World. Not, as our noble readers might have assumed, against the Politically Correct thought police, kill joys and Quislings who would prescribe we all eat only muesliContinue reading →
We hear a lot about “rights” these days. I would argue that save in very rare circumstances where the very safety of society is in peril, every man or woman has the right to live, but more thanContinue reading →
Not sure about the Latin grammar, but there you go. I have scribed some mumbling carping about LOCOG and the “Olympic Family” and the general bloated and often corrupt corporate culture that goes with it before,Continue reading →
I have been watching the rowing at the Olympics. The squad has done Britain proud, and it makes me all emotional. You see, long, long ago in a land far, far, away, your humble scribe hadContinue reading →
A few months ago I went to see the English film version of one of Stieg Larsson’s excellent novels, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. In the climax of the film there is a scene in which aContinue reading →
This is the house where Chris used to live. It is a half timbered effort, dating I guess from somewhere in early 1800’s. As you can see, it is not situated in bucolic seclusion, at leastContinue reading →
“There was a lengthy period of time, during which,Continue reading →
About three years ago I had the misfortune to run into some financial problems. The details don’t matter. All I would like to say is that it was not a case of me being improvident orContinue reading →
If I was a duck, I would speak to other ducks. If I was a little boy I would play with other little boys. And if I was a slightly sinister, faceless corporate machine with myContinue reading →
My parents’ house was invaded by mice recently. Now don’t get me wrong, I love all God’s creatures. So when a tiny mouse about the size of fifty pence piece poked its wiggling nose out fromContinue reading →
Shine on, you not so crazy Diamond!
It was billed as either the day when Bob Diamond spilled the beans and came out with all guns blazing, taking down former colleagues, officials from theContinue reading →
Welcome to both regulars and those new to The Raccoon Arms. Pick a pint of your favourite tipple (unless that happens to be wine or single malt in which case that might be a tad over the top)Continue reading →
Ever behind the curve, I read an article a couple of weeks ago about Nassim Nicholas Taleb. This is a bit late in the day, because he has some very important things to say,Continue reading →
Elderly patients on hospital wards left alone, unwashed, unfed, dehydrated, water and alarms left out of their reach.
Frail and frightened, left – quite literally – to rot in their own urine and faeces, developingContinue reading →